Biology 284: Peruvian Medical Experience
Professors: Ted Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Biology (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Doug Tate, M.D. (Dytbear@aol.com)
Major Credit: Biology
Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 291(Add after being accepted for the interim program)
This course is a study/service course that provides students interested in health care with an immersion in the health care system of Peru. In addition, the course will allow reflection on the American health care system and global health care issues. The Interim course will build on a 0.25 credit fall semester course, Topics in Biology: Medical Care in Peru.
The first week will be spent on campus reviewing basic medical physiology and exploring current health care issues. The first week will also be used to prepare and pack medical supplies and to discuss and plan for our anticipated experiences.
The three weeks in Peru will provide the opportunity to participate directly in health care both medical care and dental care. Students will assess patients’ needs and record observations of pediatric patients at the Willoq community and several orphanages. Students will work with dentists and physicians. Students will also observe patients as well as the medical staff at the regional hospital in Cusco. The program includes excursions to Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo,Arequipa, and to the Willoq community, Peru’s living past with indigenous people who trace their origins back to the last Inca rulers.
Students will be graded based on an exam at the end of the first week, personal and field journals, course preparation and participation,a group project, and feedback from Peruvian personnel.
1. Provide a service-learning opportunity for students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing and other areas.
2. Provide an academic base for a diverse and challenging cultural experience in Peru.
3. Explore Peru’s living past by visiting sites in Cusco, Ollantaytambo,Arequipa, and the Willoq Community.
4. Observe Peruvian medical practices and medical systems.
5. Participate in the Peruvian culture living the principles of the Rich Statement (Respect, Integrity, Celebration and Honesty).